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BIG announce gade signing | HLTV.org

BIG have completed the signing of Nicklas “⁠gade⁠” Gade, the German organization has announced. The 26-year-old has been added to the team’s starting lineup, which now features six players and whose final composition will be revealed in the near future.

The move sees gade quickly return to action after he was left teamless in early July, when HYENAS — a mix team featuring a combination of remnants from a variety of Danish teams such as North and Heroicdecided to call it quits following the retirement of Markus “⁠Kjaerbye⁠” Kjærbye.

“Joining BIG has had me excited ever since it was decided. It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it,” gade said in a press release. “After having some time where you’re not certain of what the future would hold, it is definitely a feeling of pure joy now knowing this is my new home.”

“I hope and believe I can bring the final bits and pieces to take this project to the next level.”

The former North player joins BIG at a time when the German side has struggled for deep runs as of late, with a top-eight finish at IEM Cologne, fifth place at Flashpoint 3, and a win at FunSpark ULTI Europe Final being the highlights of their 2021 campaign so far.

gade has been added to the lineup to help bring the team back towards the No.1 spot, where BIG resided in the middle of 2020 after clinching three tournament victories in a span of two months. He will assist Johannes “⁠tabseN⁠” Wodarz in his duties at the head of the team, having had experience with the in-game leading role in his time with HYENAS and North in the past few years.

“Due to his vast experience and leadership qualities, we expect Nicklas to play a key role in our team’s future, as he will also support tabseN inside and outside the game,” BIG‘s CEO, Daniel Finkler, shared. “We will announce the final roster composition of our starting lineup in the near future.”

BIG‘s official debut with their newest member will take place in ESL Pro League Season 14. The German side have been placed in Group C alongside Natus Vincere, FaZe, mousesports, Evil Geniuses, and fnatic, which will run from August 27-31.

BIG‘s current lineup:

GermanyJohannes “⁠tabseN⁠” Wodarz
GermanyTizian “⁠tiziaN⁠” Feldbusch
TurkeyIsmailcan “⁠XANTARES⁠” Dörtkardeş
GermanyNils “⁠k1to⁠” Gruhne
GermanyFlorian “⁠syrsoN⁠” Rische
DenmarkNicklas “⁠gade⁠” Gade

GermanyDustin “⁠DuDe⁠” Großmann (coach)

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MSL assembles new team | HLTV.org

Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen has announced that he has assembled an entirely new lineup and called on interested team organizations with “high ambitions” to get in contact with him to discuss more details.

The 26-year-old has yet to name any of his new teammates, but he has shared that the roster comprises “a good mixture of talent and experience.” When contacted by HLTV.org, MSL additionally said that the team’s initial goals will be to compete at the top-20 level.

MSL did not receive strong enough offers to join an existing team

The in-game leader decided to put together his own project after having been teamless for the better part of a year. He stepped down from North late last year when the organization decided to shift towards a talent development strategy, and he was released after North ceased operations altogether two months later.

“I had some offers, but they were not strong enough lineup wise,” MSL told HLTV.org about his motivations to build a new team instead of joining an existing lineup. “I felt there was more potential creating my own team and make better results, in the end, that’s what matters for me.”

The announcement rules MSL out of a potential move to fnatic, with whom he has been loosely linked as one of the most experienced in-game leaders on the market alongside Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin. The possibility of the Dane leading the Swedish-majority squad was already in doubt after ALEX was reported to be in talks with fnatic earlier this month.

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Sprout bench denis | HLTV.org

Sprout have announced that Denis “⁠denis⁠” Howell has been removed from the starting lineup with immediate effect. The decision follows a disappointing tournament season that almost saw the German team relegated from ESEA Premier.

“After a rather successful ending of the latter half of 2020 together with snatchie and dycha, everything went downhill and we had a horrible season in 2021 with our German lineup with some glimmers of hope, but we couldn’t quite make it.” denis told HLTV.org. “Thus our coach, enkay J, decided that they want to try something new and want a fresh start after the summer break.”

denis’ second stint with Sprout is coming to an end

HLTV.org reported on Saturday that Sprout were considering removing denis and embarking on a new international adventure, just six months after assembling an all-German team.

denis returned to Sprout in September 2019 after a first stint with the team between December 2017 and May 2019. During his time with the German outfit, he attended one Major, ELEAGUE Major Boston, and picked up five ESL Meisterschaft titles.

In 2021, Sprout have been unable to hit the same heights as they did last year, when the team had Paweł “⁠dycha⁠” Dycha and Michał “⁠snatchie⁠” Rudzki in the lineup and was at one point ranked 16th in the world. Underwhelming results have recently caused the team to fall out of the top 30, and they were unable to make up ground in the IEM Cologne Play-in, with losses to BIG and Spirit and a win against TeamOne in between seeing Sprout exit the event in 9th-12th place.

Sprout‘s active lineup is down to four players following denis‘ benching:

GermanyTimo “⁠Spiidi⁠” Richter
GermanyJosef “⁠faveN⁠” Baumann
GermanyMarko “⁠kressy⁠” Đorđević
GermanyFritz “⁠slaxz-⁠” Dietrich

GermanyNiclas “⁠enkay J⁠” Krumhorn (coach)

GermanyDenis “⁠denis⁠” Howell (benched)

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EasTor joins OFFSET | HLTV.org

The Spanish player and Portuguese organization link up again after parting ways in late 2020.

OFFSET have announced the signing of Rajohn “⁠EasTor⁠” Linato after coming to an agreement with VELOX for the transfer of the Spanish AWPer.

The move comes shortly after Ricardo “⁠fox⁠” Pacheco, who had been manning the ‘Big Green’ since the beginning of the year in the Portuguese team, announced he would be stepping back from competition.

EasTor will be on sniping duties in the Portuguese squad

EasTor‘s signing by OFFSET will mark his second stint with the Portuguese organization, which he joined in August 2020 after being benched by Movistar Riders and left at the end of the year.

In early 2021 the Spaniard then joined VELOX, a Spanish-Argentine venture that struggled to find breakthrough results even at a local level, and stood in for 9z in their BLAST Premier Spring Showdown run in April, helping them overcome Vitality in the single-elimination bracket.

The 27-year-old’s second tour with OFFSET will be very different than the first, however, as the team EasTor is now joining has nothing to do with the one he departed last year. The roster he first joined with the likes of Joao “⁠KILLDREAM⁠” Ferreira and Luís “⁠ZELIN⁠” Lousada was completely overhauled to make way for the current core under coach Vasco “⁠vsk⁠” Santos.

OFFSET are now:

PortugalRui “⁠RIZZZ⁠” Lima
PortugalFilipe “⁠NOPEEJ⁠” Dias
PortugalBruno “⁠shellzi⁠” Teixeira
PortugalDiogo “⁠snapy⁠” Rodrigues
SpainRajohn “⁠EasTor⁠” Linato

PortugalVasco “⁠vsk⁠” Santos (coach)

PortugalRicardo “⁠fox⁠” Pacheco (benched)

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Imperial announce horvy signing | HLTV.org

This will be the 22-year-old’s first Brazilian team since late 2019.

Imperial have completed the signing of former Immortals and INTZ member João “⁠horvy⁠” Horvath, the Brazilian organisation announced on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old joins an Imperial squad that is in the process of rebuilding after a turbulent end to the tournament season. The team had to do without the services of Caio “⁠zqkS⁠” Fonseca in the cs_summit 8 qualifiers after he was denied entry into Mexico, and enlisted the services of two-time Major winner Fernando “⁠fer⁠” Alvarenga for the final leg of the season.

Imperial is horvy’s first Brazilian team since he left Reapers

horvy enjoyed some time in the limelight between 2017 and 2019. He competed in Europe with Portuguese side k1ck and in North America as part of Immortals and INTZ. After leaving Reapers in late 2019, he returned to Europe and went on to play for teams like Baecon, Real Betis and Rhein Neckar, with limited success.

“I worked really hard during these two years to get the opportunity to play for a Brazilian team again,” horvy told HLTV.org. “I really missed the atmosphere and the energy that Brazilian teams have.”

Imperial added that they will soon announce a new fifth player to replace Arthur “⁠f4stzin⁠” Schmitt, whose future is up in the air. The Brazilian organisation is also on the lookout for a new coach for the team following Luis “⁠peacemaker⁠” Tadeu‘s departure to Complexity last week.

“It really makes me happy that someone like peacemaker recognised that I was ready for this opportunity,” horvy said. “I believe it was his final act as Imperial coach [laughs].”

With horvy‘s addition, Imperial now have:

BrazilCaio “⁠zqkS⁠” Fonseca
BrazilGustavo “⁠SHOOWTiME⁠” Gonçalves
BrazilCristopher “⁠ckzao⁠” Chalus
BrazilJoão “⁠horvy⁠” Horvath

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